Why is microbial lab testing important?
During our initial consultation or mold assessment, we may need to take samples throughout the home if there are health implications to mold being present in your home or you are already experiencing visible symptoms of mold exposure, such as respiratory issues, persistent headaches, watery eyes, fatigue, or skin rashes. Per EPA guidelines, if it is visible that mold is present, lab testing is unnecessary. If our mold specialist recommends mold sampling in your home, there are two available methods: air sampling and swab sampling.
Air samples are taken in areas where mold is more likely to grow. These areas tend to be where elevated moisture levels are present and there is visible evidence of condensation or water damage. Swab samples are taken directly from the surfaces where mold growth is suspected or present. Not only do swab samples help identify if there is an environment conducive to mold growth, but also the type of mold spores present and the stage of mold growth.
Whether we take an air sample, swab sample, or both, all samples are drawn by licensed mold technicians and sent to an independent, third-party laboratory for testing. The sample results can identify if the mold is in the active growth stage, the mold present along with potential health implications, and the mold spore count. Once the results from the laboratory are received, we will go over the results with you and decide what mold remediation strategy would work best for you.
Questions about mold remediation?
- Every case is different. But typically, if mold is already visible, lab samples are not needed. However, if our office or managing technician receives information that anyone in a residence may be suffering from mold related ailments or is at higher risk for developing complications from mold exposure, we would recommend taking a sample to understand the type of mold that may be found in your home and if the mold may be a cause of said ailments.
- Another scenario where mold samples would be taken are during real estate transactions. Mold samples help provide clearance or identify if there is a mold related issue for potential buyers or sellers.
- When our mold technicians take surface and air samples, they are always sent to a third-party, independent laboratory. We will always share with you the results of the samples sent to the lab, and walk you through any areas of concern and work with you to rectify those concerns.
At this time, there are no standard levels of tolerable or acceptable levels of mold present in your home. If we take samples at your residence, our mold technicians will take the time to walk you through the lab results and explain the findings. Our goal at FixMold is to make sure that your home is safe to inhabit. We pride ourselves on our honesty and integrity and will never misconstrue or misinterpret third-party, independent lab results in our favor.